homeschool mother's journal

Learning to take the time

One of the major goals I have this year is taking time for myself.  I am not good at it. I used to be, because with 3 kids under three years old it is necessary for survival. Over the years it has become harder and harder to do. Life seasons I guess.  Those little ones became teenagers, who sometimes needed me more at that age than the toddler years. Classes, sports, homework, projects, there was just too much going on. And so that time for myself slowly disappeared.  


When I was telling my hubby about some things I wanted to change, he mentioned that he wanted me to take more time for myself and start doing things I want to do.  So we made a plan, I asked him to help keep me accountable.  


Here is how it looks so far. I pack up everything I think I might need and head to the coffee shop or library. I tried the book store but that was too distracting for me. I needed someplace quieter.  I try to spend at least one and a half to two hours. During this time I try to do things for me. I try to forget all my other to do lists- for family, for the homeschool group, etc.  I even try not to work on our homeschool stuff during that time. Easier said than done.  Two weeks in, this self care is working wonders. My family swears I come home happy. It has also helped me set boundaries in other areas of my life.

Another step was signing Jack up for an online writing class. Writing tends to be subject in our house that gets ignored, or causes tears. I decided that we would try one of the Bravewriter classes and we love it! It has been a blessing for both of us. We are both learning and it takes some of the stress off of me as the teacher. 

Another instance,  in our homeschool group that I run, I usually volunteer my house for activities.  This week I went to the library and reserved the community room for all of our upcoming activities, including the one this Saturday. I left the library feeling great. Activities at our house usually take me at least a day to prep and clean up from. No more. It felt like a weight was lifted off of my shoulders. And my kids are happy about it- because it's their rooms that get messy, or their toys, or their lives that get interrupted. And that is exactly what it was an interruption.  Now we can enjoy the activity itself. I'm so excited about that. And that feeling is snowballing. I am starting to look for other areas of my life that I can outsource or things that can be cut out of the schedule.  

Week 14 wrap up


Some highlights of our last week.


  • memorized and recited The Man in the Arena excerpt by Teddy Roosevelt.


  • The Hobbit
  • Moby Dick (morning time)
  • Peter Pan (morning time)
  • Farmer Boy (morning time)


  • hiking with nature group
  • Barnes and Noble Maker Fair



  • Robert Louis Stevenson



  • basketball
  • pickleball
  • park time teaching the dog to go down the slide
  • riding bikes
  • fruit ninja on the kinect
  • origami



I guess I am having a hard time getting in the groove of blogging again, but here is to new beginnings.

Here is an update on how our 5th grade year is going so far.  The Charlotte Mason method is working so well for us this year. We are really trying to embrace it and it feels like coming home. It just fits.  While we aren't using Ambleside Online, we do use some of their suggestions and then use the method and make our other curriculum choices fit. 

Starting today we are back to our full schedule with all of our subjects. It only took us three months to add them all in.


This is our basic schedule. I print a copy out each week that he can use as a checklist each day.  Each day I go through and add what specific lessons he does for each subject in our FunSchooling planner.

We have planned more activities with friends this year including a nature study group and a book club in addition to our weekly park day and field trips.

For the nature group we are being really low key with planning. We go and the kids explore. I was kind of worried about our lack of planning and direction. As the weeks have progressed though, I see the kids really doing well with it. I was worried without direction it would turn to playing and nature study would be forgotten, but that hasn't happened. If anything each week they are doing more and more.

Our first book club meeting will be this week. For the first book I let Jack choose and he picked The Candy Shop War by Brandon Mull.

This was a favorite author of his older siblings. You might have heard of his other series Fablehaven.  At this meeting the kids will choose from 4 other books for the next meeting.

We also have at least one fair per month with our homeschool group. For example, this week we are having an Explorer's fair. The children will pick an explorer, or an aspect of exploring to learn about and do a project or presentation for the fair. We have had some fun with these in the past. So far this year we have had a biography fair and wonders of the world fair- Jack did the Dalai Lama and Eater Island for those.






The Homeschool Mother's Journal-2


The Homeschool Chick


In my life this week... Jack was sick so the week was spent making beds around the house, toting tissues and catching up on some projects.

In our homeschool this week... we did a geography project on the Great Pyramid and some math lessons. I am also happy to say that science did happen!

Places we are going and people we are seeing... where and no one due to the sickness. We didn't want to share the love. ;)

My favorite thing this week was... Jack complementing each little bed I made saying it was the "best ever" and "nice job".

What's working/not working for us... This week it was the battery science book by Klutz. Loving that.

Homeschool questions/thoughts I have... Geography, what do you use and why do you love it?

A photo to share...

Sunday evening. Good to see him back int he action.